[lg policy] Fwd: [Edling] A language skills deficit is damaging diplomacy, warns British Academy

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Fri Dec 6 15:53:26 UTC 2013


Forwarded From:  <edling at bunner.geol.lu.se>


 The Guardian



A language skills deficit is damaging diplomacy, warns British Academy



Britain's language skills deficit is threatening its diplomatic influence
and national security, a report by the British Academy has found.



The British Academy, the national body for the humanities and social
sciences, calls for government to address the lack of language skills
across all its departments and to prioritise the development of these
skills among current staff and future generations. The report warns that if
more is not done to bridge the languages gap that exists within government,
Britain's diplomatic influence will be damaged.



Full story:
http://www.theguardian.com/education/2013/nov/26/language-skills-deficit-damaging-diplomacy

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